BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Preparations for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Marathon are heading into the final stretch.
On Wednesday, the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs visited an Ocean Springs school to get students pumped-up for the races. After a few muscle stretches, it was time to hit the obstacle course.
Youngsters crawled, hopped, jumped and ran in a mad dash for the finish line.
"I kept getting stuck in the tube thing," said sixth grader Juliana Sabagh.
The ladies gave the children a workout to get them motivated about the upcoming marathon along Highway 90.
"We're really focusing....on the kids portion of this festival. So hopefully the parents running the marathon, they'll bring their kids out on the next day on Dec. 10 and run the Fun Run as well," said Roxy Condrey with the Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs.
Over the last eight weeks, more than 170 students at St. Alphonsus Catholic School have been getting at least 30 minutes of activity every day, which equals about a mile.
Some of the students hope to run in the 1.2 mile Kids Marathon, or the 5K.
"I love running a lot and I'm just excited, because I just think it'll be really fun," said Juliana.
The school also gave out gift cards to the top four students who turned in activity charts. With a pep talk from their coach, and support from the Junior Auxiliary, the little ones learned that marathons aren't just for grown-ups.
"It's wonderful. It's been really fun to give them a reason to get outside and promote a healthy lifestyle," said Condrey.
The auxiliary brought the same fitness program to Pecan Park Elementary in Ocean Springs. The group is also offering sponsorships to cover the registration fees for children.